Common Grounds Pai

Common Grounds Pai

the only Hostel & Hangout in Pai City Center


Common Grounds Pai

Common Grounds Pai

the only Hostel & Hangout in Pai City Center

Hostel & Hangout

Common Grounds Pai

Hostel & Hangout in Pai City Center w/ over 60 Backpackers per Night!

-Best Location in Town (50 meters from the Walking Street & all of Pai's best restaurants and bars)
-Chill Communal Area & Social Bar
-Pool Table
-Bar & Cafe
-Free Water Refills
-Free Wifi
-Dorms have air-con, lockers, comfy beds, and are small (only 6 beds in each)
-Private rooms have fans, private bathrooms, double beds, and are old, wooden sheds *Note: these pv rooms are very, very bare-bones-basic!

...all conveniently located 1 minute from the Walking Street / Night Market yet tucked away in a garden sanctuary with old growth trees, flowers, banana trees, papaya, and more.

Leaving the local bus station, go right, take your first right, and the hostel is down on the right (1-2 minute walk).

Convenient Location

1 minute from the Walking Street / Night Market; 2 minutes from the local bus station; 4 minutes from the aYa bus station.

Communal Traveling

Come alone, leave with a family. Our inviting communal area, with plenty of activities to meet other travelers, encourages individuals to become friends with others.




Pai Life

Pai is a small, alternative-lifestyle town in Northwest Thailand.  The local population is an interesting mix of Ethnic Thais, Burmese Immigrants, Thai Rastas, Hippie Westerners, and Backpackers/Travelers that decided to stay.  Pai has an amazing Music & Art scene, renowned Bamboo Tattoo artists, first-class Western & Thai food, a lively Night Market, and plenty of Bars to wind-down at after a long day of doing nothing!

The #1 Thing To Do in Pai–Nothing!

Getting Here

There are chartered-mini buses (local bus station & Aya Service) departing from Chiang Mai to Pai every hour between 7:30 am and 17:30 pm.  The cost is 150 THB (one-way) and the journey takes about 3.5 hours through 762-nauseating turns.  The more adventurous can rent motorbikes one-way and take their time enjoying the beautiful views (Aya will drop off your luggage for you in the mini-bus).

A Day in the Life

A normal day in Pai might look something like this–wake up early to soak in the beauty of the sun as it creeps above the surrounding mountains and sheds light on the beautiful Pai valley.  Enjoy a wheatgrass shot & nutritious breakfast at Good Life cafe, in time to participate in their group morning meditation.  Rent a motorbike, and cruise through Pai Valley, the surrounding mountains, and the endless rice fields, visiting some local Village Tribes and the Chinese Village.  Grab a few Changs and spend the hottest hours at the Mor Paeng Waterfall, sliding off the rocks into the swimming pools.  Head over to the Elephant Camps, and feed them some bananas and maybe go for a ride.  Relax for a bit at the nearby Hot Springs.  Drop in for an afternoon Muay Thai class, or enjoy an afternoon traditional Thai massage.  Grab a few Leos or Singhas and enjoy the sunset at Pai Canyon.  Wat Prathat Mae Yen or Sunset Restaurant are also great places to enjoy the sunset.  Enjoy street food and a fruit shake at the Nigthly Market, and buy some souvenirs and art.  Head back to Common Grounds Pai for the best Happy Hour in town, and then enjoy Pai’s amazing music scene by bouncing around all of the great local bars.  Most bars close down at midnight, but Follow Me Bar, Bamboo Bar, Don’t Cry are usually the spots for a late-night party!

Classes & Workshops:

  • Pai Circus School (fire dancing, juggling, & poi)
  • Thai Cooking (from market to table)
  • Thai Massage
  • Muay Thai
  • Meditation Workshops & Retreats
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi / Qi Gong Courses

To See:

  • Waterfalls & Sliding Rocks
  • Caves
  • Pai Canyon
  • Chinese Village
  • Memorial Village
  • Mountain Roads & Vistas
  • Hilltribe Villages
  • Wats

To Do:

  • Hot/Cold Springs
  • Elephant Trekking / Feeding
  • Trekking (all levels) & Camping
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Farmer’s and Flea Markets
  • Off-road Motorbike Adventures
  • Tubing & Rafting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Piranha Fishing Park
  • Festivals (art, music, half moon, full moon)


  • Book-Reading
  • Hammock-Chilling
  • Jamming
  • Chess-Playing
  • Sunset-Watching